Archaeology Day at Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch on October 19, 2019

October is California Archaeology Month, and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is celebrating it with Archaeology Day on October 19 from 10 to 4 p.m. The family friendly event will take place at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch.

The following activities will take place:

  • Native American performances

  • An opportunity to dig up “artifacts” like an archaeologist in the hands-on excavation box

  • Practice throwing an atlatl spear at a target

  • Watch flint knapping demonstrations as experts turn stone into arrowheads

  • See genuine local artifacts on display

  • Learn more about history and prehistory with our hands-on replica artifact tables

  • Learn about the difference between archaeologists and paleontologists (hint: archaeologists don’t dig for dinosaur bones)

  • Presentations by local archaeologists

  • Learn about anthropology programs in local schools

  • Learn about Native American history and become a Junior Ranger!

This event & parking is free and open to the public. Sign up is optional and can be done here:

Questions about this event? Call (805)-370-2301 or email:

Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitors’ Center – King Gillette Ranch is located at 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas.


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